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Christ’s Love in the Conflict Zone

Since the crisis in Ukraine broke out late last year, the eastern half of the country has been a center of turmoil and even bloodshed as separatists loyal to Russia battle for separation from Kiev. Regardless of the tensions, the faithful missionary pastors and churches we serve are undaunted, and their demonstration of Christ’s love is making a difference for His glory.

The region of Donetsk is one of the hot zones where conflict has raged. An SGA-sponsored missionary pastor named Alexander recently shared an example of how his church’s Bible-based drug rehabilitation ministry is gaining the support of local authorities. It all began with flowers!

Something of simple beauty, even flowers, can be used by God to open doors for evangelism in a conflict-ridden town. Pray for Ukraine!

Something of simple beauty, even flowers, can be used by God to open doors for evangelism in a conflict-ridden town. Pray for Ukraine!

In our rehabilitation center, we built a greenhouse to help fund part of our ministry. On March 8, Ukraine observed “Women’s Day,” where the tradition is for men to congratulate their wives, mothers, daughters, etc. and give them flowers. We had grown 25,000 tulips by the holiday time, and the Lord helped us to sell them. The mayor of our town even invited me to see him twice, and he allows us the free use of a building to shelter and feed homeless people.

Now the town administration is preparing documentation to give this building to our church, and then we will finalize the rest of our ministry plans. Men who have been through our rehabilitation ministry and are now brothers in the Lord will serve these homeless people and addicts. We believe that this will be a strong testimony in our region!

Please pray for Alexander and his ministry, and the many other churches in the midst of the worst conflict zones. May many hear and believe the message of Christ . . . So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).

*Editor’s Note: If you would like to help missionary pastors like Alexander reach out to the lost in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, you can through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund. Click here to find out more. 

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